Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Rescued Interviews: Mr. Jazz

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Back in 2015 Angel Truffles started interviewing the cats featured in Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes, an anthology of rescue cat stories compiled by Janiss Garza, who writes the Sparkle Cat blog. She was unable to see it to completion but I was more than honored to continue the series once I settled into my forever home and took full reins of our blog. Now Rescued Volume 2 is on store shelves and it's my goal to interview as many of the kitties as possible once again! (If you missed our review, it can be found here.)

Each author featured in the book has nominated a cat rescue and was assigned a month to promote the book, with a third of the profits from that month going to their rescue. January's spotlight is Mr. Jazz who is telling the story of his sister Jazmine, a cat he led his humans to from his home at the Rainbow Bridge...

Welcome Mr. Jazz! Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. Could you start by introducing yourself to us and telling us what made your story such a good fit for the Rescued anthology? 

Sure thing! I’m a handsome and distinguished bi-color Ragdoll cat, or I should say, I was a handsome and distinguished bi-color Ragdoll cat. Right now I’m an angel cat with the prestigious distinction of narrating the meow memoir, Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond. After the heartbreaking decision from my humans to help me, I went to the Rainbow Bridge at 15-years of age on August 28, 2013. That’s why my story for the Rescued anthology was such a good fit… I knew I had a unique story to tell by sharing the journey of how I, as an angel, came to guide my heartbroken humans to finding Jazmine – a sweet and sassy rescue kitten (and my namesake) they weren’t looking for that ended up rescuing them instead by bringing love and joy back into their lives.

For a while after you left for the Rainbow Bridge you "visited" your mom. Do you think that helped you both cope with your physical separation?

I visited my mom several times and when it first happened it was really weird and awkward. Being a spirit was new to me and I wasn’t sure if I was helping her, or scaring her. But ultimately, yes, once she got over the shock of it, I think my visitations brought her comfort and she looked forward to them. I had already made peace with my journey to the Bridge. I was very tired and sick before that and I wanted to go. I had lived a wonderful life with my mom and my coming back to her, especially by bringing her to ultimately finding Jazmine, was my way of letting her know I would always be a part of her heart and never far from her memory.

The story you wrote for Rescued 2 is actually the story of how your sister Jazmine came into your humans' lives, with your help. How did you know Jazmine was the kitty meant to fill the empty space in their hearts that you left behind?

Just like my mom, I’m a firm believer in things like fate, destiny, and kismet. I can’t say I immediately knew Jazmine was the key to filling the empty space in my humans’ hearts, but once the clues started to fall in place, I knew she was the one. It all started with me communicating with my mom during one of my spirit visits that she had to go to the Global Pet Expo, a trip she was planning on cancelling because she was still so depressed after losing me. I didn’t understand why it seemed so imperative she go, but my intuition was telling me it was and I pulled out all the stops to convince her, even making direct eye contact with her for the first time and gently letting her feel my presence on her lap. She and I always shared a special bond and it was like she understood I was leading her on a journey she had to fulfil.

My Mommy is convinced that Angel Truffles sent me to her as well. Has Jazmine proven herself to be the perfect fit for your family as you knew she would? 

Oh my gosh! If there was ever a cat meant to be with my family, it’s her! Honestly, it’s like she was custom-created from the heavens above with the pure objective of being put on this earth to make my humans happy! There is not a single day that goes by that she doesn’t do something to cause them to laugh or smile and it gives me tremendous joy to see how much she has enriched their lives. As a matter of fact, just this past week, my mom had a procedure for a serious eye injury. Just like I used to do, Jazmine is sticking to her like glue to help her get better. She’s got so much of me in her that sometimes my mom swears it’s me she’s seeing or hearing, and not Jazmine. Jazmine carries toys in her mouth to bring to mom, and with nearly the exact same meow I had, she drops them at her feet. Plus, even though she can kinda be a spoiled brat (it’s nearly impossible for the humans not to spoil her) all of the other cats in my family love her, too and it’s like she’s been a part of the family her whole life.

What's life like for all of you now, both at the Bridge and here on earth?

Well, for me, I’m quite content at the Bridge. Yes, there have been some sad moments. Like when my sister cat Harley had to come to the Rainbow Bridge at far too young an age. Or so many cats from the blogosphere that are so beloved that have also joined me over the years. But we make the best of it – we watch over our humans and it makes us happy when our humans can open their hearts to other rescues that need a good home. On earth, well, there seems to be so much strife lately and I know it’s a stressful time. I see so many kitties working overtime, trying to bring some calm, peace, and happiness into their human’s life. And honestly, why not? We kitties are great at that and it’s all the more reason every household should adopt a rescue cat or two, because we’re awesome, we deserve a good home, and we make incredible companions! Purr therapy does wonders for the heart and soul!

What shelter have you chosen to receive your proceeds from the book this month and why?

I chose Riverfront Cats Miami because they are near and dear to my mom’s heart. Riverfront Cats is a small, grass roots organization from Miami, Florida and is always in need of donations to help take care of local outdoor neighborhood cats and fostering efforts. With temperatures warm nearly year-round, kitten season rarely lets up, so there are always cats in need of help. Gorgeous lady and Founder of Riverfront Cats, Christine Michaels, devotes her time, heart, and pocketbook to helping the community cats in her area, especially the black cats that are most often abused or overlooked for adoptions. Between TNR, food, veterinary costs, and more, it’s an expensive endeavor and they really, really could use some help!

What do you hope people learn from your story and what would you like your lasting legacy to be?

I hope that people learn that sometimes you have to look beyond what you think you’re supposed to do. After my death, my mom wasn’t looking for another cat. Quite the contrary, she was certain she didn’t want another cat, but meeting Jazmine changed all that. Opening your heart and home to a rescue not only changes the life of the cat, it changes the life of the human. As far as my lasting legacy, it’s the one I share in Purr Prints and it’s the purr-fect sentiment for the Rescued series – for those that have loved and lost a cat, we know we will always be special in your hearts and you are not looking to replace us if you chose to adopt again. Quite the opposite – we take great pleasure in knowing another cat in this world will have a life filled with love, comfort, and happiness the way we did. Rescued is all about that and I am so honored to be a part of a book that shares that special message.

BIO: Deborah Barnes is the author of the award-winning book, Makin’ Biscuits – Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them; as well as Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond; The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary; and contributor to Rescued Volume 2 – The Healing Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. She is the publisher and editor of the award winning blog, Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles and is the Vice-President of the Cat Writers’ Association. She was awarded 2013 “Writer of the Year” by Friskies Purina and is the Secretary of the nonprofit, Pawsitively Humane, Inc. of Miami, Florida. Her freelance work has been featured in Cat Fancy magazine, Kittens 101, Catster.com, BlogPaws.com, and the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians newsletter.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday: Christmas in January

Welcome to this week's edition of Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday!

We hope you enjoy our choices.

From the publisher: Sheriff Jeff McQuede finds pampered cat King Henry in the midst of a crime scene. The cat, who belongs to Sammy Ratone, is the only witness to a burglary. McQuede, unable to locate Sammy, takes King Henry home with him where the cat creates endless mischief.

Tortie Shorties Review: This is a series I wasn't familiar with and most likely not one I would gravitate towards if not for the cat on the cover and in the description. I found it to be a fun, short read and enjoyed the mystery as Sheriff McQuede attempts to solve a string of robberies at Christmastime, but the best part is when he takes home the big orange tabby belonging to one of the victims. King Henry is a hoot and the only witness to the crime...will he lead the sheriff to the culprit or just cause him more trouble?

From the publisher: When Holly White’s fiancĂ© cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime—exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society Margaret Fenwick is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly’s family tree farm.

When the murder weapon is revealed as one of the wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, Sheriff Evan Grey turns to Holly’s father, Bud, and the Reindeer Games staff. And it doesn’t help that Bud and the reindeer keeper were each seen arguing with Margaret just before her death. But Holly knows her father, and is determined to exonerate him.The jingle bells are ringing, the clock is ticking, and if Holly doesn't watch out, she'll end up on Santa's naughty list in Twelve Slays of Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s jolly series debut.

Tortie Shorties Review: For Christmas crazy people like me this series is a dream come true with a farm called Reindeer Games (with real reindeer) in the town of Mistletoe and a protagonist named Holly with her cat Cindy Lou Who. It's simply everything a Christmas cozy should be. As a matter of fact, I think you could read it on the 4th of July and instantly find yourself in the holiday spirit! The mystery of how the local historical society Scrooge is found dead, clobbered with a wooden stake from the tree farm and left in a sleigh on the grounds, is complex and suspenseful. The characters are well-developed and I especially enjoyed Holly's close knit family and the descriptions of the fun Christmas activities they've created for the tree farm. Could someone book me one-way ticket to Mistletoe, please?

I received a free copy of Twelve Slays of Christmas from the publisher for review. This post contains affiliate links.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Stuffie Snuggling Sunday Selfie

Meows from Mudpie!

You may be wondering why I'm looking quite sad today and why I'm snuggling with stuffies instead of Mommy. That's because she plans to leave me to go to a silly cat show this afternoon and she'll probably come home reeking of other cats!!! Do you think it's too cold to ask her to change her clothes out in the garage when she gets home?

Okay, I guess I'm being kind of dramatic, but she had better buy me something! In the meantime, anyone wanna come over to paw-ty?

We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Vintage Rose #CaturdayArt

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Visit more artsy kitties in Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader...

Mommy's answers:

1. My favorite fast food restaurant is Moe's Southwest Grill.

2. If I could go to any concert of someone still performing, it would be George Strait. He retired but is playing some dates again this year. In all his years of touring he never came that close to my area. Of course I would never balk at the opportunity to see Toby Keith for a 5th time either ;) 

Mudpie's answers:

3. I would like to ask Mother Nature why she is torturing us so?

4. My Winter pastime is usually lots of extra nap and cuddle time with Mommy, because I can!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Fun Feline Finds: Cat Crimes Logic Game (w/Giveaway!)

As a cat fanatic and mystery lover, ThinkFun has just created the purrfect game for me in Cat Crimes. Not only are the game pieces ridiculously adorable (not to mention the kitty line up on the box), the game itself is clever, challenging, and suitable for all ages. What especially appeals to me is the fact that you can play alone, making it a great way to pass the time and charge your brain cells too!

The concept of the game is very simple. You're cat sitting your neighbor's 6 little angels expecting a relaxing weekend of fur and fun, only to continuously discover spilled coffee, broken flower pots, and a missing bird! Your task is to figure out which of these cute troublemakers committed the cat crime using clues given on the challenge card to position the cats on the game board and find out where they were at the time of the dastardly deed. You've caught the culprit when you can name the cat sitting in front of the crime token!

The game has 40 different challenges with four levels of play: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. Kids will have fun with the lower levels while working up to the more difficult challenges, while adults who might think the game is too easy for them starting out are sure to have their work cut out for them once they get to the more advanced cards.

I *love* this game, and will certainly be going back and playing it a second and third time once I finish working through all the cards. In the evenings I've been playing a few rounds with Mudpie in my lap while we cuddle on the couch and she's even enjoyed batting around the cat tokens a time or two...although she never seems willing to help me out and offer any advice on the culprit! Maybe she's just trying to cover up for her friends by throwing me off the trail ;)

Giveaway: Thanks to our friends at ThinkFun, one lucky reader in the US is going to win their very own Cat Crimes Logic Game! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck, everyone!

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Disclaimer: We received a Cat Crimes Logic Game from ThinkFun in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we never recommend a product we don’t fully believe in. This post also contains affiliate links.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thankful Thursday: Tortie Kitten Saved From Busy NJ Highway

Meows from Mudpie!

Today I'm thankful for good people who go out of their way to help kitties.

Mommy often wonders how I ended up at the shelter. All she knows is that I started out in western New York and when I didn't get adopted there I was transported to Vermont. It was right about the time Angel Truffles ran off to the Bridge, so I ended up where I was desperately needed and always meant to be.

Whatever my story is, it probably isn't as dramatic as the one this tortie kitten has to tell. On Saturday afternoon Miracle was stranded on the median of a busy 6-lane road in Atlantic City, but lucky for her someone from Alley Cat Allies drove by and was able to help her with the assistance of a wonderful police officer who has worked with Alley Cat Allies' Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats Project. Miracle is now safe and being fostered by the veterinarian she was brought to.

Read Miracle's complete rescue story here!

Photo: Alley Cat Allies

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Appreciate the Moments Photo Challenge - Winter

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're hopping into a brand new photo challenge for 2018 hosted by our friends at Dog Mom Days and The Everyday Dog Mom. On the first Friday of each month pet bloggers will be asked to post a photo that fits that month's theme.

January's challenge, appropriately enough, is winter. You may have noticed that a good section of the US has been faced with an arctic blast, and here in Vermont we've been right in the thick of it. Overnight lows on Saturday hit 20 below - that's the actual temperature, not the wind chill - beating the old record of 19 below set in 1923! Super cold temps don't really bother us that much because it just gives us more opportunities to cuddle, but our hearts hurt to think about all the animals forced to face the fury of mother nature all alone.

The pictures I chose for today were taken just a couple days before Christmas when we had a beautiful, fluffy snowfall. Mommy decided to be cute and bring winter inside to me in the form of a pile of fresh white stuff on a paper plate. I was not amused. I prefer to appreciate winter from the comfort of my beloved Santa blankie.

Get it off!!! Get it off!!!

Then things got even worse when she decided to sprinkle a little of the snow on me...and a flake landed near my bottom!!! Not funny, Mommy. Not funny at all.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tortie Shorties Book Reviews

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're reviewing two pawsome new non-fiction cat books. We hope you enjoy our choices!

Claws: Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer by Anita Kelsey

From the publisher: Throughout her years visiting people’s homes as a cat groomer, Anita Kelsey has amassed a vast array of funny, cute and ridiculous stories about cats and, of course, their owners. In Claws, she picks out just a few of her favorite tales to share with the reader, from "Sammy the Swooner" to "Tubbs: The Fat Cat Caught in His Flap." In the pages of this entertaining and heartwarming book, you'll meet 20 of the most characterful cats, all eventually calmed and preened to their natural beauty and animal magnificence by the author. Meet their owners, too, and enjoy Anita's take on the individual relationships between pet and owner.

Tortie Shorties Review: One of my favorite books from 2017 was the debut of a new cozy mystery series about a cat groomer, so this peek into the real life experiences of a professional pet groomer was right up my alley. It's filled with stories about the author's encounters with the various cats and cat owners in her care, and she has truly seen it all! From the cat who hospitalized her for nearly a week to the crazed owner who jumped on the hood of her car to the time she ended up in an apartment with 3 brothers who ended up brawling, life is never boring when you're making house calls as a cat behaviorist/groomer. My favorite stories centered on the senior, special needs, and previously abused cats who needed extra attentiveness and TLC. Each section ends with a "Mog Tip" (don't you just love the British word "moggie" for cat???) containing extra information about such topics as grieving cats, dealing with allergies and cat bites, rescuing cats from abroad, and the importance of understanding when re-homing your cat is the best choice you can make for them.

Ms. Kelsey's adoration for cats shines through in every page and her clients are extremely lucky to have her in their lives. I hope she's working on a Volume 2!

From the publisher: Susan E. Davis has been dubbed "Doctor Dolittle of the PT World," by Northwestern Medicine Magazine, a publication of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

All Hands on Pet! Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets offers safe and effective actions pet owners can apply through the animal's entire life spectrum. Information provided applies to multiple species: canine, feline, avian, exotics and farm animals (non-equine).

Tortie Shorties Review: This book was of great interest to me because I'm always interested in learning about alternative treatments for our pets. While a lot of it is geared towards dogs I still found it very informative, especially the section on the Assisi Loop which is something I've been hearing a lot about lately but didn't completely understand how it worked or what it's used for. When I first thumbed through the table of contents imagine my surprise in the cat section to see the saddle thrombus specifically mentioned. I went there immediately and granted it's only a page in length, but it was heartening to see that if caught early there are therapies available to help cats regain their mobility even though the prognosis is still poor. The final section of the book is Tails (Tales) of Courage featuring some of the author's success stories with animals that have overcome their challenges through physical therapy. All Hands On Pet would be a valuable resource on the bookshelf of any pet owner - especially those of us always looking to do "more" for them - as we navigate life with our beloved companions.

Disclaimer: I received free copies of these books in exchange for a fair and honest review. As members of the Amazon Associates affiliate program, if you click on our links and buy something Mudpie gets a little money for her piggy bank!

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Pet Blogger Challenge

Today we're excited to be participating in the 2018 Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by GoPetFriendly.com. It's a great way to join fellow bloggers in reflecting on the past year while making plans for the one to come. 

1. For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?

I started blogging in August 2011. Mochas, Mysteries and Meows is the purr-fect destination for everyone who embraces a cozy, cat-centric lifestyle: curling up on the couch with a warm beverage, a great book, and a cat...or 3. It's primary focus is to chronicle my cat lady life with Mudpie alongside reviews of products for both cats and cat moms and sharing the knowledge I've accumulated in three decades of life with cats.

2. What was your proudest blogging moment of 2017?

We went through a very scary time at our house early last year when Mudpie had an adverse reaction to her rabies vaccine. I wrote about it in Mudpie's Vaccination Scare...and What We'll Do Differently Next Time and in the months since I've had so many people tell me that they've saved it and used it to ask their vet about their own pet's vaccine protocol. As pet blogger, that's music to my ears.

3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)

I wrote My Visit to the Rainbow Bridge: A Short Story for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, and it's my favorite thing I've written since Truffles' Remember Me post. The idea popped into my head and the story just poured out of me, then I spent about 3 weeks perfecting it. I cried while I wrote it, and I still cry re-reading it. 

4. In terms of your blog, how do you measure success?

Having readers who care enough about us that they visit on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong - new readers are great - but knowing that people take time out of their busy lives to see what we're up to each day is amazing. (Although I must say, I completely understand everyone's need for a daily dose of Mudpie!)

5. In what ways has your blog changed during 2017?

This year I made a concentrated effort to start writing more evergreen content, primarily through a new series I titled The Purrfect 10 where we present 10 educational or fascinating tidbits about a wide variety of cat-related topics, everything from health issues to cat breeds to famous felines.

6. What was the biggest blogging challenge you overcame in 2017, and what did you learn that could help other bloggers?

In 2017 I stepped out of my comfort zone and started contacting brands that I wanted to work with, and was for the most part very successful! I learned how important it is to have confidence in yourself and the unique talents you can bring to the blogging table. Learning how to sell yourself is a valuable tool.

7. When things get hard, what keeps you blogging?

I keep going because I love it. Cats have been my greatest passion since the day I was born so writing about them on a daily basis comes pretty much effortlessly to me. 

8. Looking forward to 2018, what are you hoping to accomplish on your blog this year?

My goal is to continue growing our blog and to use it as a stepping stone towards freelance writing for a national publication, either online or print. I've tucked this valuable article on freelancing in the pet industry into my blogging planner and plan to start by pitching a local pet publication.

9. In addition to what you’d like to accomplish, is here one specific skill you’d like to improve or master this year?

I'd like to learn Canva primarily as a tool to create pin-worthy graphics on Pinterest.

10. Now it’s your turn! You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there a question you’d like answered, or an aspect of your blog that you’d like input on? 

I would love to ask our readers what they want to see more of on the blog. Do you have a favorite feature? A topic you would like us to cover? Please let us know!!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Magic White Tortie Whisker #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Do you see it? Do you see it? Hang on, I'll turn my head a bit so you can see it better.

That white whisker over my left eye appeared just a couple weeks ago (all my other whiskers are black) and I'm quite proud of it! Mommy says Angel Truffles used to have one too and she called it a little horn when Truffles was being naughty.

Silly Mommy...it's a magic white tortie whisker!!!

We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Feelin' Frosty #CaturdayArt

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Visit more artsy kitties in Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader...

Mommy's answers:

1. My guiding word for 2018 is acceptance. I've finally allowed myself to accept the fact that there are many, many things I have no control over. I still need a reminder every now and then, but my goal is to focus my energy on the things I do have the power the change.

2. A house is not a home without CATS! (What else did you think I would say???)

Mudpie's answers:

3. I look forward to spring window whiffies this year. I've been longingly gazing out the window lately and Mommy refuses to open it for me!

4. I really need to get more exercise, because it's been too darn cold to move!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Book Review: Fantastic Feline Heroes Multi-Author Bundle

Who doesn't love cats? And what cat doesn't have a great cat story of their heroism, even if it's only saving their owner from a spider?

From honorable feline assassins to compassionate feline dreamwalkers, these cats are saving the world--at least for someone. This multi-author bundle pays tribute to every cat who has ever played hero, from little things to big.

In Fantastic Feline Heroes you'll find stories about loyal feline workers, cats who save the day, those who walk through dreams to save the dreamer, and many more.

Fantastic Feline Heroes is a multi-genre bundle that featuring heroic felines that's perfect for the cat lover in your life, especially if that's you.

While I'm not much of a fantasy reader and most of the stories in this bundle lean in that direction, I'm so happy to say that I ended up enjoying this collection so much! Each story features a kitty who plays hero to the humans in her life, so what's not to love? With 11 unique stories there's something for every reader's taste, so for this review I decided to touch on 4 of my favorites, and it's a rather eclectic bunch!

Cecil is an "enhanced" feline in this steampunk story set in Victorian London. His mistress is busy preparing to display her inventions at The Great Exhibition of London when a request comes in from Queen Victoria herself offering the pair a challenge Cecil is uniquely equipped to handle! 

In this paranormal story also set in the Victorian age,  Marley plays feline familiar to witch Emmaline McMurtree who falls victim to another witch's cruel curse. He bravely faces a race against time to save her.

Gilroy the cat also belongs to a witch, and while she's away he has the whole house to himself and a day of peace and quiet ahead of him...until Breda's 8-year-old grandniece Delaney shows up and lets herself in the house. Things go from bad to worse when the little troublemaker triggers a spell that turns her into a kitten! How could Gilroy's purrfect day go so wrong???

Morningstar the cat is a dream spinner who spends his days and nights comforting the elderly residents of St. Joseph’s Care Facility. Late one night he's drawn to a particular room where a woman is having a horrific nightmare, and Morningstar is dragged along on a terrifying adventure from which escape is not guaranteed.

This is just a random selection of a few of my favorites, but there are so many more great stories in this fun collection! Fantastic Feline Heroes is currently available for pre-order from all your favorite e-retailers for only $2.99. The official release date is Monday, January 8th, and if you wait to order on that date directly from Bundle Rabbit, you will have the choice of donating 10% of the profit to either The Blind Cat Rescue or Milo's Sanctuary.


This bundle was compiled by author Bonnie Elizabeth, who has generously offered one lucky reader their choice of one of her cat-related ebooks: Familiar Trouble, Moving with Cats, or Whisper Bound. To enter, simply leave a comment below, and don't forget your email address! A winner will be chosen by Random.org at noon eastern on Friday, January 12th.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Guest Post: Movies Every Cat Lover Must Watch in 2018

The new year is finally upon us! Now that 2018 has arrived, it's time to start making new lists and setting fresh goals. If you're a cat lover, why not try watching some of the best movies about cats ever made? These outstanding films will not only entertain you and warm your heart, they'll also help you celebrate your love of your furry feline friends. Here are four of the best cat movies for cat lovers to watch in the year to come.

1. Kedi 

One of the best documentaries released for cat lovers is "Kedi," a film focused on the cats that roam the streets of Istanbul freely. The movie showcases how the cats of Istanbul are beloved by the people who live there but not domesticated, creating a sort of hybrid cat that's certainly wild but also very happy to interact with humans. This documentary is interesting because it explores the roles of cats in Turkish society, and it's also extremely cute, featuring thousands of adorable cats and kittens.

2. The Secret Life of Pets

Do you ever wonder what your furry friend gets into while you're away at work? Then watch "The Secret Life of Pets," a hit animated movie that was released in 2016 and explores the lives of several animals that have outlandish adventures once their owners leave home. This is a great movie to watch with kids, since it's geared toward a young audience. You can also watch it with the dog lovers in your life -- since there are lots of main canine characters as well. "The Secret Life of Pets" will make you laugh, make you cry and keep you on the edge of your seat, no matter how old you are.

3. A Street Cat Named Bob 

Fall in love with a beloved main character when you watch "A Street Cat Named Bob." This 2016 movie is based on a book and chronicles the story of a street musician who finds and befriends a stray cat. There's no question about it: "A Street Cat Named Bob" is heartwarming until the very end. It's a great movie to watch if you want to celebrate the

love that can exist between cat and human -- and to see just how powerful and restorative the relationship between pet and human can really be.

4. Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging 

"Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging" is a British coming-of-age movie about British teenagers who are looking to understand sex and relationships. The lead character of the movie, Georgia, is attempting to land her first boyfriend in high school -- and she goes through all her trial and tribulations with her cat, Angus, by her side. Georgia dresses Angus up in hilarious and outlandish outfits, and it's a fun movie to watch if you love to bring your cat along with you on your daily adventures or if you love to dress up your feline friend in fashionable outfits.

If you're in the mood to relax and take in some great entertainment in the new year, grab your cat and fire up your television. To make sure your cat is healthy and in great shape to snuggle on your couch, make sure she's treated with a regular flea treatment, such as Comfortis - chewable tablets that can ward off fleas. Get more info here on where to obtain these tablets and more.

What's your favorite cat movie?

This is a sponsored guest post by Lannie N. on behalf of Allivet. Allivet provides affordable pet supplies and pet medications, all of which can be purchased online.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Mudpie's New Gig: Personal Trainer

(Note from Mommy: True story! My feet were in those shoes while she was holding them down with her cute little paws!!!)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

10 Favorite Cat Books of 2017

'Tis the season for a wide variety of "best of" posts, so in the spirit of the season we've put together a list of our 10 favorite cat books of the year.

This list easily could have been twice it's length and paring it down to 10 was very difficult. For clarification, we only chose books that were released in 2017 except for 2 honorable mentions at the very end that we couldn't go without including.

10. Rescued Volume 2: The Healing Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their EyesWhenever you pick up an anthology there's bound to be a few duds mixed in with the gems, but that's just not the case with Rescued Volume 2, a collection of true stories written from a cat's point of view. With each story I read I found myself thinking "this one is my favorite" but then I'd go on to the next one and end up thinking the same thing! Anyone who knows the power of an adopted cat's love needs to add this book to their library. Every story will leave you wanting to hug your own rescue cat just a little bit tighter.

9. Bookstore Cats by Brandon SchultzCats and books...they just go together! So when you add a feline mascot to a cozy bookshop it's like heaven on earth for literary aurilophiles. This curated collection featuring stories and photos of cats living their little lives in a bookstore made me purr with delight while itching to plan a road trip to visit each and every one of these adorable cats!

8. The Persian Always Meows Twice by Eileen WatkinsThis is the debut of a new series that cat lovers will be unable to resist, introducing a cast of characters that already feel like old friends. When a professional cat groomer and cattery owner stumbles upon a client's dead body while out on a house call, she has no idea that his beloved Persian Harpo holds the answer to the crime.

7. Escape Claws by Linda Reilly. You have to love it when the character list in the beginning of a book is all the feline characters, not the human ones! So many of the cats involved in the story have unique purrsonalities of their own, and there's even a ghost cat! This mystery is the epitome of cozy and the premise of the series is pure purrfection.

6. The Astonishing Thing by Sandi WardI don't read a lot of women's fiction, but when a story is told from the unique perspective of the family cat, count me in. The Astonishing Thing takes readers inside the mind of Boo, a young cat whose perfect, peaceful existence crumbles when her human mother leaves home and doesn't come back. Boo is pure innocence yet wise beyond her years, and as the story progressed I only grew to love her more.

5. The Doll Cat by Shanthi ThiruppathiThis children's book and it's sequel, The Doll Cat Goes to Paris, are so beautiful they actually brought tears to my eyes. The story contains an important message for kids about your heart's desire sometimes coming to you in completely unexpected ways, and the exquisite illustrations are breathtaking. Oh, and did I mention that the real Doll Cat is a tortie?!?!?!

4. Sammie Ray! by Frank Romaunt. When I started reading this book I expected a sweet story told from a cat's point of view about his rescue from a harsh life on the streets. And that is the gist of the story, but it's told in such an incredibly creative way that I found myself completely entranced by Sammie Ray. Written in interview format we learn Sammie Ray's life story as the reporter does, and it's unforgettable.

3. The Mysteries of Max by Nic Saint. 5 books and 3 short stories have been released in this series throughout the year, and I've lapped each one up like a bowl of cream! Max, Harriet and Dooley, a feline version of the Three Musketeers, have pretty sweet lives communicating with their humans (a grandmother, mother and daughter who can all communicate with them). No one understands how local reporter Odelia Poole gets the scoop on local happenings long before anyone else, not knowing that her sources have fur and four legs. Each book is like a mini kitty soap opera as these cats go about their daily lives!

2. Miss Cuddlywumps Investigates by Roby Sweet. The fifth book in this series was released last month, but I'm including the series as a whole in my top 10 list because I love it so very much. From the bond she forms with her "Rory person" to memories of her beloved first owner, Professor Eleanor, to her feud with neighbor Mrs. Crabtree who she likens to Medusa, Miss C steals the show between her keen insight and adorable observations about the world around her. She's a treasure in feline fiction and I just can't get enough of her.

1. Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man, and Their Journey Across America by Britt CollinsImagine the pain of a beloved cat going missing, and for months you have no idea what’s happened to her. Imagine finding what you think is a stray cat, completely losing your heart to her as she changes your life, then discovering she has an owner desperate to be reunited with her. Both are nightmare scenarios for any cat lover, yet it’s the unthinkable situation that two very different men and one amazing cat find themselves facing in one of the best cat books you’ll ever read. This is a book that is destined to be a movie. It’s an amazing story celebrating the power of love and the impact that one little cat can have on so many lives.

Honorable mentions...

The Comeback Cat: Cleo's incredible journey through feline diabetes to remission by Heather Peden. This was released late in 2016 and I didn't read it in time to be included in last year's top 10 list. It chronicles the story of Cleo, a 9 year old cat recently diagnosed with feline diabetes, and her owner who throws herself into research and learns all she can about the disease but no matter what she does Cleo's condition worsens. Anyone with a diabetic cat should have this book on their bookshelf to show them that they're not alone when overwhelming feelings of hopelessness arise. Even if you aren't caring for a sugar kitty, The Comeback Cat is a powerful testament to the bond that cats and their humans share, which grows even stronger when faced with adversity.

Queen Paisley the Magnificent by Sarah Andrews. This was released 3 years ago but I read it over the summer and simply must include it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that has left me grinning from ear to ear the entire time I was reading it like this one did. It is without a doubt one of the most adorable and entertaining cat stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. What happens to a fur family when they believe their beloved human is never coming home? One clever little tortie named Paisley believes she has everything under control…or does she?

What was YOUR favorite cat book of 2017?

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Mudpie's New Year's Wish: A Poem

A new year before us, there's so much to do
I wish for good health and a new toy or two
Sun puddles, warm blankets when each day is through
But more than anything else, to spend it with you!